Guidance about Service and Emotional Support Animals at UCSC

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Ashish Sahni, Associate Chancellor and ADA Compliance Officer Rick Gubash, Director Disability Resource Center

Over the past few years, the number of service and approved emotional support animals at UCSC has increased substantially. We strongly support the presence of these animals as they are a critical part of creating and maintaining an inclusive and supportive environment for our diverse campus community. 

However, there has also been an increase in the number of unauthorized animals and pets at UCSC locations. Some of these unsanctioned animals have created problems including health and safety concerns due to animal behavior and challenges for those who manage buildings, labs, studios, outdoor areas, and public events. For people with disabilities who have well-behaved service and approved emotional support animals, this overall increase in unsanctioned and at times unruly animals has at times resulted in unwelcome and sometimes inappropriate scrutiny by members of the UCSC community.

We have assembled a number of resources that aim to clarify when and where service and emotional support animals are allowed on campus and answer the most common questions we receive. Please review these enclosed documents:
If you have questions about this message or service or emotional support animal policies; please contact Rick Gubash, Director Disability Resource Center (831-459-2089;